Friday, August 22, 2008


In his 2006 book This Is Your Brain on Music, Daniel J. Levitin explained the evolutionary necessity of songs in shaping human identity. Now he’s back to reveal how that evolutionary work was accomplished through just six categories of song: Friendship, Joy, Comfort, Knowledge, Religion, and Love. In The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature (available now), each category gets a chapter to prove how its unique properties transformed the human brain.
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1 comment:

Julianne said...

Hey Graham,
I stumbled upon your blog where you mentioned Daniel Levitin's book, The World in Six Songs. It's great to know that Levitin's book is reaching to people across the globe.

I'm from, and we were able to work with Daniel Levitin because his book is what our website is about – people's lives through music. On our site, Levitin shared his most powerful music memories. You can read about them here I invite you to check them out and tell us what you think.

Feel free to peruse through Levitin's song memories and maybe you can even delve into your past and tell us about your music memories.

- Julianne